SELECTIONS FROM THE LIBRARY OF LORENZO H. ZAMBRANO | Online 2-18 June
Christie’s will be also be offering selections from the library of Mexican businessman and philanthropist Lorenzo H. Zambrano. Highlights of the auction include a first edition copy of Charles Darwin’s (1809-1882) Origin of Species (1859) as well as a fine copy of the colored issue of Edward King, Viscount Kingsborough’s (1795-1837) magnificent nine-volume publication entitled Antiquities of Mexico (1831).
Other important highlights include an exceedingly rare first Toluca edition of poetry by José María Heredia (1803-1839), the first Romantic poet of the Americas and the National Poet of Cuba; a fine illustrated manuscript copy of Father Diego Durán’s Historia de las Indias de Nueva-España (c. 1830s), likely produced for Lord Kingsborough; the tinted issue of Catherwood’s Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan (1844); Juan Focher’s Itinerarium Catholicum proficiscentium ad infideles covertendos (1574), and a rare theological work on the conversion of the native peoples of the New World.
THE OPEN BOOK: FINE TRAVEL, AMERICANA, LITERATURE AND HISTORY IN PRINT AND MANUSCRIPT | Online 2-18 June
Christie’s is pleased to announce the sale of “The Star-Spangled Banner” as part of the selection of lots available. This first edition newspaper printing of “The Defense of Fort McHenry” (the song’s original title), was published in The Baltimore Patriot and Evening Advertiser on 21 September 1814, only three days after Francis Scott Key completed the work. Proceeds of sale will benefit the American Antiquarian Society’s Collections Acquisitions Fund (Estimate: $300,000–500,000).
Other notable highlights include a first folio edition of John James Audubon's The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, sold to benefit the Delaware Art Museum; a rare first edition of J.K. Rowling's classic, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone; Two important rarities from the Age of Discovery: Enciso’s first account in Spanish of the discoveries in the New World and an exceedingly rare, circa 1515 French account of the voyages of Columbus, Vespucci and others; fine first editions of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway (1925) and To The Lighthouse (1927) from the collection of Elizabeth Paepcke; a November 1781 letter by George Washington on his victory at Yorktown; a 1918 letter by Sun Yat-sen pleading for American support for China; as well as the original artwork for Led Zeppelin's 1969 debut album by artist George Hardie.
OLD MASTER PAINTINGS AND SCULPTURE | Online 2-19 June
Christie’s Old Master Paintings and Sculpture sale features an exciting selection of rediscoveries this season. Highlights include a recently rediscovered head study by Jacob Jordaens ($40,000-60,000), a Saint Christopher by Orazio Borgianni ($80,000-120,000), a study of a female figure by Jean-Baptiste-Henri Deshays ($12,000-$18,000) and a Studio of Rembrandt Portrait of the artist in a black cap, scarf and steel gorget ($40,000-60,000), which replicates Rembrandt’s early self-portrait in the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Additional discoveries include Pieter Cornelisz Verbeeck’s A piebald horse tied to a hitching post and two dogs before an inn ($10,000-15,000); Isaac Luttichuys’ Portrait of gentleman, three-quarter-length ($30,000-50,000), which recently reappeared after more than half a century in an American private collection; Johann König’s Danaë ($50,000-70,000), a newly discovered and exquisite painting on copper from the artist’s maturity; and Herman van der Mijn’s Venus and Ceres ($10,000-15,000). Top works in the sale include a set of four Neapolitan views by Pietro Antoniani ($100,000-150,000), a collector’s cabinet by Giuseppe Bernardino Bison ($50,000-70,000), and a View of the Colosseum, Rome by Gaspar van Wittel ($40,000-60,000), the last of which comes from the collection of legendary game show hostess Vanna White.
Sculpture highlights include a Baroque gilt-bronze statue of Hercules from the Alsdorf collection ($10,000-15,000) and a marble bust of ‘Melopomene,’ by Cavaceppi leads a group of Classical marbles ($6,000-9,000). Three dazzling beautiful coral-mounted objects from the famed Sicilian port of Trapani are part of the Arnhold Collection, a celebrated Kunstkammer put together over the second half of the 20th century (estimates range $7,000-25,000).